It’s heating up to be one unforgettable summer. Make the most of the warmer months and explore all the wonders that Australia has to offer. We have put together a list of summer holiday destinations that are perfect for a weekend away. Some of these places are well known tourist destinations, and others are a little more off the beaten track. Whether you’re looking to unwind at the beach, sip wine at a world-class vineyard, or eat and drink your way through a small town in northern Victoria, you will be able to find your next holiday spot on this list.
Located just 8kms off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island is an island paradise that is perfect for a summer weekend away. Hop from beach to beach in a Barbie pint topless car, cuddle Koala’s at the Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary, or take hike along one of the island’s many walking trails. Whether you’re looking for a luxury resort, or a quaint hostel, Magnetic Island is a gorgeous place to visit this summer.
Stay at this beautiful colonial beach house in Palm Cove, Queensland. This tranquil luxury escape overlooks the stunning coral sea, and sits right on the beaches of Cairns. Reef House features an award winning spa, a delightful restaurant, and you can take your pets with you. Honestly, what more could you want for a summer weekend trip up north?
Explore the world-class vineyards of Margret River. This Western Australian town has a range of activities on offer. Take a trip down the gorgeous river, swim at the beautiful beaches, or check out the farmers market on a Saturday morning. Feel like getting active? Take a hike through the National and State forest trails.
This quaint town in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range has some of the best food and drink in the country. This summer, take a trip to northern Victoria to Daylesford. Visit Sault, an incredible restaurant set in a scenic homestead, on the backdrop of a lavender field. If you get too full, take a wander through the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens that sit atop an extinct volcano.
Escape the heat and venture down south to the capital of Tasmania. Hobart has a growing art and food scene that is not to be missed. Visit the eclectically provocative Museum of Old and New Art, MONA, eat fish and chips from a floating punt in the docks, or explore a sampling of fine dining restaurants at Salamanca Place. Hobart is the perfect destination for a summer weekend away, or as the starting place for a larger Tasmanian adventure.